Win­ter Magic

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

Ev­ery once in a while we need to stop and let a lit­tle magic into our lives. So when the

Ot­tawa At Home team came to­gether to plan the first is­sue of 2012 we agreed the time was right to em­brace the mag­i­cal side of win­ter in Ot­tawa.

In De­signer At Home, you’ll dis­cover a con­trac­tor who mag­i­cally trans­formed a dated bun­ga­low to max­i­mize space, both in­side and out, for his own fam­ily of four. Next, we take you up to the Gatineau re­gion to meet a wo­man who fi­nally found the per­fect home to house her mag­nif­i­cent col­lec­tions. This wo­man’s en­er­getic spirit is cap­tured beau­ti­fully within Jane Whit­ing’s words and Mark Holleron’s photography.

Head­ing fur­ther into Que­bec, we visit a stylish cou­ple who share their tal­ents and dreams with any­one who wants to be a part of their creative en­deav­ours. To en­joy a glimpse of an Ot­tawa ma­gi­cian’s whim­si­cal home, step in­side with Vera Cody. He also shares some of his sto­ries, but not any se­crets, be­cause that would ruin the magic!

Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, spir­i­tu­al­ity is not magic. It’s a sci­en­tific el­e­ment that com­bines with love, en­ergy and the power of faith to cre­ate mys­tery and in­trigue for those who open their minds to the pos­si­bil­i­ties . . . To get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of this mys­te­ri­ous pro­fes­sion, our pro­file se­ries taps into the hearts and minds of four lo­cal spir­i­tual guides.

This is­sue could not fo­cus on win­ter in the cap­i­tal re­gion with­out our home­town pride rep­re­sented – and who bet­ter than Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors GM Bryan Murray to do this. Araina Bond got to hang out with the “home­town boy” long enough to feel the in­spi­ra­tion of a pas­sion-driven life.

Win­ter in the cap­i­tal can be a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence if you catch the per­fect day. When the tem­per­a­ture is just right, go for a skate on the canal and then a stroll through Lit­tle Italy to feed both the belly and the soul – just as Paula Roy did while re­search­ing her Eat­ing Out fea­ture!

It’s no se­cret that win­ter is my least favourite sea­son. The cold, damp weather wreaks havoc on most aspects of my life, but there is no deny­ing the spirit-lift­ing feel­ing you get when the per­fect win­ter day presents it­self and you race out­side to play. In my case, a cer­tain pho­tog­ra­pher just hap­pened to be there to cap­ture the mag­i­cal mo­ment . . .

Yes, it’s been a while since I last built a snow­man. But check out my editor’s photo – and you’ll see that I still know how!

Go ahead, make your own magic hap­pen. Mary Taggart, Editor in Chief mtag­

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